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Chernobyl's radioactive trees, a potential new nuclear disaster waiting to happen

 
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Chernobyl's radioactive trees, a potential new nuclear disaster waiting to happen
Much of the 30km exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear plant is pine forest, and some of it so badly contaminated that a forest fire could create a devastating radioactive smoke cloud.

Pine damages easily. Wind blows it down. Insects infest it. Drought makes brush into perfect tinder which can all too easily catch fire. And these dying radioactive plantations are considered too dangerous and expensive to clear.

If ignited, one expert likens the potential effect to setting off a nuclear bomb in Eastern Europe. Wind could carry radioactive smoke particles large distances, not just in Ukraine, but right across the continent.

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07/07/2012 09:02 AM
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Re: Chernobyl's radioactive trees, a potential new nuclear disaster waiting to happen
Seems someone already beat me too it:
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07/07/2012 09:16 AM
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Re: Chernobyl's radioactive trees, a potential new nuclear disaster waiting to happen
I am sure that our Glp-Heros will find
a Solution for this Problem, like entomb
the Wood in a huge concrete Mountain
with the sacrifiece of another 500.000 Men!
G.Y.!B.E.
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07/07/2012 09:20 AM

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Re: Chernobyl's radioactive trees, a potential new nuclear disaster waiting to happen
wow! altho I've read a lot about Chernobyl, I've never heard anything mentioned about potential tree disasters. thanks for posting (even if you weren't the first) hf
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Re: Chernobyl's radioactive trees, a potential new nuclear disaster waiting to happen
Much of the 30km exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear plant is pine forest, and some of it so badly contaminated that a forest fire could create a devastating radioactive smoke cloud.

Pine damages easily. Wind blows it down. Insects infest it. Drought makes brush into perfect tinder which can all too easily catch fire. And these dying radioactive plantations are considered too dangerous and expensive to clear.

If ignited, one expert likens the potential effect to setting off a nuclear bomb in Eastern Europe. Wind could carry radioactive smoke particles large distances, not just in Ukraine, but right across the continent.

Read more:
[link to www.bbc.co.uk]
 Quoting: FalloutGuy


omfg

really?

now what about the THOUSANDS of bombs already detonated then, in the atmosphere?

why aren't we all dead yet?
Arctica

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07/07/2012 09:25 AM
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Re: Chernobyl's radioactive trees, a potential new nuclear disaster waiting to happen
I am sure that our Glp-Heros will find
a Solution for this Problem, like entomb
the Wood in a huge concrete Mountain
with the sacrifiece of another 500.000 Men!
 Quoting: the mighty Atom


cruise
Rumour has it that I was not born,
I just walked in one frosty morn',
Into the vision of some vacant mind.

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Damn! You always treat me like a mountain, stranger.
Though I have never seen your shadows or fading lights,
I’m just a rock that you’ll be picking up through all your ages,
Always believing there’s a canyon for every blind.
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07/07/2012 09:47 AM
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Re: Chernobyl's radioactive trees, a potential new nuclear disaster waiting to happen
Saw an old dead pine tree burn once. It went up as though it had been soaked in gasoline first.
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07/07/2012 09:52 AM
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Re: Chernobyl's radioactive trees, a potential new nuclear disaster waiting to happen
It's not only the trees. The plant itself could go again anytime. That place was supposed to have a cap in it because the old sarcophagus is broken.
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07/07/2012 09:58 AM
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Re: Chernobyl's radioactive trees, a potential new nuclear disaster waiting to happen
There's also the risk of radiation release when the buildings in all the abandoned towns like Pripyat fall over as well... The entire area is just one big ticking time bomb.
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Re: Chernobyl's radioactive trees, a potential new nuclear disaster waiting to happen
wow! altho I've read a lot about Chernobyl, I've never heard anything mentioned about potential tree disasters. thanks for posting (even if you weren't the first) hf
 Quoting: ladyannie2009


Thank you for replying anyway ;) hf
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07/07/2012 10:45 AM
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Re: Chernobyl's radioactive trees, a potential new nuclear disaster waiting to happen
Why is it the Pine forest alive and growing?

Shit thread.
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07/07/2012 11:10 AM
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Re: Chernobyl's radioactive trees, a potential new nuclear disaster waiting to happen
they are looking for a grant to study it apparently there was already a fire in 92

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